Will there be food and Drink?


All-Day Registration is FREE but it is necessary to still register to make sure we have an accurate count for the National Park Service! You can register here or by clinking the "register" button above.

Yes! A separate lunch ticket is available for pre-order on the registration page. Lunch options include a Chick-Fil-A boxed lunch as well as vegetarian and gluten-free options. Note that lunch registration closes two days prior to the event.

All those attending are encouraged to bring their own water bottles, but water will be made available throughout the afternoon.

Can Youth attend this event?

Yes! Families, young adults, and teens of all ages are invited to attend but all persons under the age of 18 must coordinate and be registered to attend with a group authorized by their local diocese to attend or with their families. Group leaders must obtain parental consent for all persons under of 18 attending this event and be in accordance with their local diocesan regulations on accompanying minors to a mixed youth and young adult event.

How do i get there?

Parking is extremely limited in and around the National Mall and all those planning to attend are strongly encouraged to make arrangements beforehand and to plan on using public transportation to reach the Lincoln Memorial. For those arriving by bus, there is a drop-off location near the Lincoln Memorial.

All those planning to attend the afternoon activities at the Shrine are responsible for their own means of getting there but a shuttle bus service will be running between the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro Station and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

IMPORTANT: RHODE ISLAND AVE STATION AND BROOKLAND/CUA METRO STATION WILL BE CLOSED ON AUGUST 25 AND TRACK WORK DELAYS ARE EXPECTED ON THE BLUE, ORANGE AND SILVER LINES. We will be providing shuttle bus service between NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro Station and the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, but we strongly encourage those attending to make arrangements to travel from the National Mall to the Shrine.

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Can I take the metro?

Where do I park?

There is limited free parking at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine but ample free parking at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is only two blocks from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.

What should I bring?




Consider bringing a small backpack with hat, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. Dress appropriately and anticipate hot summer weather!

Does the Saturday Mass fulfill my Sunday obligation?


Yes! The Mass on Saturday evening fulfills the Sunday obligation.

How can i become a promoter of this event?

Sign up on our "Get Involved" page to receive a unique promotion code to share with friends and families. Top promoters are eligible for special prizes!

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please direct all questions and inquiries to and we will be happy to assist you!

Is the event accessible for participants with disabilities?



Both the National Mall and Saint John Paul II National Shrine are accessible to people with disabilities. We are working on making this event as accessible as possible but please contact us at with any questions or concerns.

What should we do in a medical emergency?

During the event if there is a medical emergency please call 911 and notify staff or security.